Reddit CEO Admits To Editing Posts Made By Trump Supporters

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Just one day after shutting down the "Pizzagate" subreddit thread, a move which infuriated a lot of users who claimed they were being censored over political views, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has now admitted to editing individual posts made by Trump supporters that were critical of him.  According to reporting from BBC, Huffman simply edits posts to redirect criticism away from him and onto the moderators of the "r/the_donald" thread. 

Huffman offered the following apology admitting that he "messed with the "fuck u/spez" comments" and that "as the CEO, I shouldn't play such games."



As PJW of InfoWars pointed out to The Sun, there is nothing particularly new about leftist-run social media sites suppressing conservative free speech.  In fact, since November 4th the largest tech giants, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, in collusion with the mainstream media have launched an all out war against "fake news" sites.

Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large at the website InfoWars, told The Sun Online that prominent websites and social networks “routinely” suppressed right wing views.


Millions of Donald Trump supporters watched British firebrand Watson’s videos during the election campaign and he played a key role in breaking stories including the Hillary Clinton health scare.


“Reddit is potentially even worse than Twitter went it comes to censoring perfectly legitimate discussion,” he told us.


"The site routinely removes threads that are damaging to left-wing narratives and prevents them from going viral,” he claimed.


“The fact that their CEO is now spending hours editing individual posts is another fascinating insight into the control freak behaviour that leftists exhibit on a regular basis."


“In recent months, companies like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook have made it clear that they do not stand on the side of free speech, and have instead decided to become echo chambers for social justice warriors.

But despite their efforts, we suspect that the more these social media giants attempt to censor their users the closer their business models will ultimately come to failure.  So carry on Mr. Huffman.

Steve Huffman


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For those who missed it, here is what we wrote yesterday on the "Pizzagate" controversy:

As of earlier today, the subreddit, r/Pizzagate, was officially banned by Reddit which posted the following notice to their site:



For those not familiar with the movement, the "Pizzagate" subreddit was started by a group of Trump-supporting internet sleuths who were attempting to use WikiLeaks' leaked Podesta emails to connect the Clintons and John Podesta to the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.  That said, when the Podesta emails failed to reveal a "smoking gun" linkage, the sleuths instead turned their focus to mulitple "pizza" references in Podesta's emails which then led to the speculation that those "pizza" references must be code for something far more sinister.

According to the Washington Post, the "Pizzagate" sleuths are convinced that the "secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inner circle" is located in the basement of a Washington D.C. pizza shop called the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria.  The owner of the pizzeria, James Alefantis, says he has received numerous death threats over the past couple of weeks and has been forced to go to the FBI for protection.

It has also led to some very real harassment of the people caught up in the theory, including the owner of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in the District, James Alefantis. Alefantis has received hundreds of death threats over the past couple of weeks, he told the New York Times this week, after Pizzagate enthusiasts decided that his restaurant was the secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inner circle.


None of the wildly accusatory claims are true. Alefantis told the Times that he asked Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, YouTube and the FBI to help him stop the spread of the conspiracy theory, which uses photos of his own kids as “evidence.”

Comet Pizza


According to the New York Times, Alefantis first heard of Pizzagate after he started receiving threatening messages on Instagram and Facebook.  Aside from some friendships with prominent democratic insiders like David Brock and Tony Podesta, Alefantis told the Times he's not sure how this conspiracy theory got linked to his business.

None of it was true. While Mr. Alefantis has some prominent Democratic friends in Washington and was a supporter of Mrs. Clinton, he has never met her, does not sell or abuse children, and is not being investigated by law enforcement for any of these claims. He and his 40 employees had unwittingly become real people caught in the middle of a storm of fake news.


“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” said Mr. Alefantis, 42, who was once in a relationship with David Brock, a provocative former right-wing journalist who became an outspoken advocate for Mrs. Clinton.


Mr. Alefantis suspects those relationships may have helped to make him a target. “I’ve done nothing for days but try to clean this up and protect my staff and friends from being terrorized,” he said.


Mr. Alefantis mingles with other Washington chefs and his establishment helped him to be named No. 49 in GQ magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Washington in 2012. His customers include some high-powered locals, such as Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, whom Mr. Alefantis knows casually. Mr. Alefantis and Mr. Brock, who is the founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons and works to debunk misinformation in the conservative press, broke up five years ago.

While WaPo says the Pizzagate sleuths have failed to uncover any actual evidence of their accusations, the dismissal of their efforts by the media only seems to be strengthening their resolve.

“Pizzagate” has yet to produce any actual evidence for its extremely weighty and life-ruining accusations, but every debunking of its claims — including the one in the Times — has only convinced its believers that they must be right, and that the circle of pedophiles and sympathizers trying to cover up their findings must be even bigger and more powerful than they imagined.


In fact, after the Reddit ban, one former moderator of the Pizzagate subreddit posted the following message on r/The_Donald:

Finally, we are not finished. Obviously the entire mod team and everyone else is tightening up our opsec and putting on our battle-armor. To those who pressured Reddit into this censorship: none of us are turning back. We have all made life insurance videos. We have all vowed to continue this fight. You have only increased our number. This morning we were numerous, tonight we are legion.

Reading between the lines, we'd say they're not quite ready to give up on Pizzagate.

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EscapeKey's picture

the_donald is a breath of fresh air, given that the entire of reddit is one big SJW circlejerk

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Good! Have you seen what these disgusting Trump supporters have done to the restaurant Comet Ping Pong? After claiming that it is a secret paedophile ring, the employees there (including an African American gentleman depicted by the New York Times) have been the victims of constant harassment and death threats! Reddit did the right thing shutting down PIzzagate. Now they need to go one step forward and simply ban Trump supporters!

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I'd like a large pizza......with extra nuts please.

froze25's picture

Best video I have seen so far going through all the evidence so far, really well done

The Criminals need to stand trial . 

y3maxx's picture

--Just change the name from Pizzagate to"Baby food".

CheapBastard's picture

Huffman is the poster child of left wing fascist censorship maybe.

bamawatson's picture

Reddit CEO has his own canabalism subreddit.
This rabbit hole just get's deeper and sicker

EscapeKey's picture

forgot to say

/u/spez is a cuck

Pinto Currency's picture

Reddit CEO Huffman / spez allows subreddit rooms for pedophiles and he himself has for 5 years belonged to and posted in a subreddit that focuses on cannibalism:

Huffman's memorable post: "no skeletons in my closet but a few in the fridge".

But Huffman does not want witch-hunts on Reddit. No shit.



And see also this:

"I think Obama spent about $65,000 of the tax-payers money flying in pizza/dogs from Chicago for a private party at the White House not long ago, assume we are using the same channels?"

tmosley's picture

Reddit has killed itself with this censorship. There is a strong case for them having lost their neutral carrier status, as they have been editing user's comments, showing that they are both able and willing to do just that.

This means they can be sued for ANY comment on Reddit, and that they are legally liable for all content.

jefferson32's picture

How could anyone not have understood this? u/spez was served with a national security letter & gag order. There are several precedents for this, tech founders turning against their company after such an event (Truecrypt, Lavabit, etc.). Spez is a hero. He massively advertised #pizzagate. See the full proof here :

janus's picture


you have a very strong point.  His actions are either heroic or idiotic; and after pausing for just a moment and thinking this through, I'm inclined to believe the former.  'Admitting' to tampering with posts is tantamount to cradling a grenade...he may just have saved several Reddit users from receiving subpoenas and perhaps sentences.  

Godspeed, Spez

Aaron Schwartz, you are not forgotten.

Gentlemen, we have a long way to go; but with every passing day, my faith in this enterprise is fortified.  We are going to win this war.


Frito's picture

Yep.  the legal ramifications of this are huge. they edit content then they could lose Safe Harbor status.  not to mention implications for people in other legal matters where Reddit comments are used as evidence.


In a side note.  probably a good market opportunity for someone to make a "fuck /u/spez" T-shirt

Fukushima Sam's picture

Pretty sure a pedophile party woud cost millions in hush money, not $65K.

Pinto Currency's picture

Obama probably brought in Kid Rock for the evening.
Because he loves Detroit Rock and the Confederate flag on stage.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I'm not sure I follow.  If there was some sort of perverse orgy, they would also have cameras.  So as a GUEST you don't get to extort the hosts, but the hosts can extort/blackmail you.

Syrin's picture

Who in THE FUCK would defend pedophilia ?!?!?!?

Trogdor's picture

And what's more shocking ... he's a tribe member .. <gasp!>


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Redd-IT - it's a nickname for Huffman the Jinger Gew computer geek. 

Stackers's picture

Ever had your comment on ZH censored ?

I have....

Ms No's picture

Maybe it's because your fat.

Just kidding.  I have had some comments taken but I can't be sure of the motive or if it was a result of them taking other comments out. 

chunga's picture

This pizzagate thing has really been gnawing at me. It's so heinous, terrible, and frankly so far-fetched sounding the only group I could fathom engaging in something so horrible is politicians and "elites". And of course it looks like it is.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

If it is far-fetched sounding, then you haven't really investigated or seriously looked at it. I understand people's reluctance to dig into this scandal. The subject matter is vile and will affect the psyche of any normal caring person. I only looked into it the past couple days because I was apprehensive about allowing these vile creatures acts to enter my consciousness, but if you dare look, you WILL be disgusted, and you WILL have no doubt about the legitimacy of the accusations. It's an extremely deep Rabbit Hole, and you WILL be affected - so be forewarned.

chunga's picture

No, I've looked. Not a ton, but I've looked enough to think it needs to be looked at some more. The crazy, nonsensical talk in the wiki leaks emails, the pictures that Podesta has, the pictures in the pizza joint. There's more. Then we've got Epstein's island and the luminaries that have visited there. The disgusting behavior of Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton. It's so offensive and disturbing it's hard to look at. I was telling mrs. chunga about it and she was getting pissed me, for even repeating it.

It must be investigated because if true, there is no punishment too great for these monsters. They must be removed from society.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

I understand your wife being upset - it is not something most people dare allow enter their thinking. It is truly horrible and not something you can forget once you have been exposed to it. Personally, I am not digging any deeper than I have. I can only assume the peds count on our collective squeemishness to keep their deeds unchecked. I hope there are people stronger than me that can stomach this stuff and expose these evil people for what they have done and continue to do.

Still, if history is any guide, the most heinous of crimes will continue to go unpunished.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I once spent an entire day reading about the intricacies about the Marc Dutroux case and it was just filthy.  It definitely left me shaken. 

People need to know that darkness is out there.

When I was 14 a 'teacher' wanted to 'mentor' me.  Invited me to his office after school.  NOPE'd the fuck out of there after a few minutes.  Invited me to sit behind his desk, and I'm thinking "This is NOT RIGHT.  What is going on here?"

And of course, that 'teacher' was arrested months later for previous 'alleged' molestation of boys...

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

I'm glad you had the strength and conviction to ecape that situation. Many teenagers are not mentally equipped to handle pressure from authority figures and are hence easy prey for the deviants. A big part of the Pizzagate controversy involves little children, toddlers, and even babies! These children are entirely defenceless and the crimes commited against them should be punishable by death AFAIC.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Personally, I think you chop the balls off anyone found guilty of molesting children.    There is no greater deviancy.


1.   the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.

"all great evil is the perversion of a good"

  2. sexual behavior or desire that is considered abnormal or unacceptable. From LATIN: to turn around!  So perversion = inversion = Satanic inversion!
Trogdor's picture

You might want to check out VigilantCitizen - lots of background information there on MKUltra Monarch and Beta Kitten programming.  The pedophilia that infects the "elites" has been around for a long, long time.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

MDB, I think you'll find that the 'they' in 'they need to ban Trump supporters' will shortly be one in the same once the new 'they' are in charge... of the country that is. 

Why would 'they' ban themselves? 

You nonce. 

JacksNight's picture

My friends, let us pray to God for deliverance and demand a Congressional inquiry into pizzagate.

Email sample to use:


Subject: PizzaGate and Congressional inquiry

Dear #,


I hope this email finds you well.

First, thank you for your service to #.

I write to you today to ask for a Congressional investigation into pizzagate. Decade long child abuse has plagued our shores and indeed the world for too long. In fact, just a few days ago, Norway reported on its own pedophile scandal.

Wikileak revelations through John Podesta emails are only a recent light many have seen and reported on for decades. For evidence on child murder and pedophilia, please see the following. It includes testimony from former head of the Los Angeles FBI and Special Agent Ted Gunderson. I'm curious to hear Director Comey's take on it.


I look forward to hearing back from you on how we can work to protect the safety of our children in # and remember those around our country who no longer have a voice.

God bless America and thank you again.



stocker84's picture

Ew...Why would you even want million dollar bonus on your pizza?

Uncertain T's picture

What makes them "Trump Supporters" pray tell, MDB?

It seems that as the country shifts back to the middle and right everything liberals don't like is being blamed on Trump.

Lefties are showing their true lack of "tollerance" 

Transisto's picture

Yeah pretty sure that half a page long thing is debunking about 3000 pages of documented suspicious behaviors. /s

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

FNNews: " Local reports are coming in of a naked and obese man running around the neighborhood of Comet Pizza shouting he wants IN the group!!"

"A fellow passerby noted he was holding KY in one hand, and "something" very small and tiny in the other..."


FNN Fake News Network 2016 all rights reserved.

SOTC's picture

Dude i hope you get 4chaned and they dig up the sauce you. Fucking just go away you poop eater.

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

Its called Doxxed newfriend...

Normalcy Bias's picture

It sounds like MDB used to frequent Comet Ping Pong...

Dormouse's picture

Can you believe a bakery was shut down for not baking a fag-wedding cake? And these people are getting harassed for just a little pederastic behavior. Outrageous! Some people are too stupid to understand how hypocrisy works.

Praeda2's picture

If this isn't confirmation of your mental illness I don't know what could be. Everyone thought you were just a loser who really sucked at trolling, but no, you're a retard.

You want to talk shit about something in markets? Go right ahead, but this involves CHILDREN, you stupid, fucking piece of shit. Who does that? Who condones child abuse? Other people who abuse children. So is there something you want to tell us, short eyes?

Offthebeach's picture

Is that you, Harry Reid? You haven't denighed molesting little Mormon boys.

"Fake, but accurate", Dan Rather. CBS News Anchor. Inheritor of Walter Cronkite and

mickrussom's picture

Amazing - how brazen pedophiles like yourself now feel free to operate in the open. We will find out what wikileaks tried to tell us. We will find out all you are trying to hide. You are evil. you are vile. you are satanic. you are wrong. The TRUTH never remains hidden forvever. One day your kind will be documented like the atrocities of WW2 and the USSR were. Vile lying creatures. 

spastic_colon's picture

so we are all just supposed to go to sites that fit our own beliefs and narratives?  whats the use at that point, of any of them? you have to admit that even ZH is a gathering place for those that have similar opinions so I'm not sure where the intellectual balance and/or benefit is of any sites other than to spout what we want to hear.

duck dodgers's picture

I have to put up with liberal fucks all day at work...I dont want to come here and be around it too.